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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • Iowa Corn Silage Production Down; Hay Up
    The USDA NASS Upper Midwest Regional Office January crop production report shows Iowa corn for silage production is estimated at 6.93 million tons, down 12 percent from 2016. The silage yield estimate of 21.0 tons per acre is down 3.0 tons per acre from 2016. Producers harvested 330,000 acres of corn for silage unchanged from […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Jan 8, 2017 Receipts:  50 loads    Last Week:  NA loads    Year Ago:  56 loads Compared to last week:  Market was steady compared to last Thursday Alfalfa:  Good: Small Squares, 1 load 145.00, 1 load 4.75 per bale; Large Rounds, 6 loads 130.00-150.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 2 loads 127.50; Large […]
  • Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey Addressed Producers At ISDA Annual Meeting
    While fridged temperatures may have reduced the expected attendance at the 2018 Iowa State Dairy Association Annual Meeting last week in Ames, those attending enjoyed top-flight presenters. Included in the program was Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey who reviewed cover crops and water quality programs, gave insights on the farm bill discussions and trade issues […]
  • Let’s Take A Closer Look At Teat Health This Winter
    This morning, the temperature is minus 11OF and the high is expected to be 8OF with winds at 15 miles per hour. Last week, temperatures were bumping 50OF and now we aren’t predicted to hit 25OF this week. In the milk barn, one of the biggest challenges during extreme cold weather is teat health.  The […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 Receipts:  48 loads    Last Week:  68 loads    Last Year:  109 loads Compared to last week: Alfalfa and grass sold steady. Alfalfa:  Good: Large Rounds, 6 loads 130.00-150.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 7 loads 117.50-127.50.  Utility: Large Squares, 2 loads 80.00-82.50; Large Rounds,3 loads 87.50-105.00. Grass:  Good: Large […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
        Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 Receipts:  68 loads    Last Week:  80 loads    Last Year:  113 loads Compared to last week: Alfalfa and grass sold steady. Alfalfa:  Good: Large Squares, 6 loads 115.00-130.00; Large Rounds, 8 loads 115.00-130.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 1 load 110.00; Small Squares, 1 load 130.00; Large […]
  • December Dairy Situation & Outlook
    Video of Mark Stephenson and Bob Cropp from UW visitng about production and stocks that are keeping pressure on milk prices at: Dairy Outlook
  • Iowa Milk Production Up 3.7 Percent YOY
    Milk production in Iowa during November 2017 totaled 425 million pounds, up 3.7 percent from the previous November according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during November, at 219,000 head, was the same as last month and 4,000 more than last year. Monthly […]
  • What’s Happening In The Milk Market The Past Two Weeks?
    Remember, the federal government tickers with the price using complex formulas that weigh supply and demand. The underlying facts behind the price decline in the USA is an oversupply of milk in the United States Whey exports have been positive all year with January-October exports up 8 percent from the previous year. Dry whey exports […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Dec 18, 2017 Receipts:  35 loads    Last Week:  39 loads    Year Ago:  37 loads Compared to last week:  Market was steady on comparable quality. Alfalfa:  Good: Large Squares, 2 loads 125.00-140.00; Large Rounds, 8 loads 125.00-132.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00. Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 5 loads 120.00-137.50.  […]

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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